Committee on Foreign Affairs - mars-6:hrs06IR2172_090402.1 - Rayburn 2172 - U.S. Strategy for Afghanistan: Peace and Stability in the Graveyard of Empires (Part 1 of 2) - Mr. Ackerman: Last week, President Obama announced his new strategy for fighting extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. I wholeheartedly support the President's new approach. The previous administration-- by its own admission--never recognized that the true central front in the struggle to secure our nation was Afghanistan, where the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated, not Iraq. It has been clear for years that the last administration took its eye off the ball and allowed al-Qaeda and the Taliban to regroup and rearm in Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan. For years, the fight against extremists has been under-manned, under-funded and lacked a coherent strategy. President Obama's new strategy recognizes those facts and moves aggressively to address them. I am gratified that it contained many elements that I and others in Congress have been urging for several years.
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